May 30, 2024 6:54 pm

Electrical Wiring Certification: Energy Commission, USAID-WAEP launches scholarship scheme for artisans

The Energy Commission has secured 50 scholarship placements for artisans registering for the 2021 Electrical Wiring Certification.

The Commission says the initiative is to assist artisans whose certification have been impeded by financial constraints to have access for the training.

The Energy Commission is required by its enabling Act, the Energy Commission Act, 1997 (Act 541) to regulate and manage the development and utilization of energy resources in Ghana as well as to provide the legal, regulatory and supervisory framework for all providers of energy in the country, specifically by granting licenses for the transmission, wholesale supply, distribution and sale of electricity, natural gas and related matters.

The Electrical Wiring Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 2008) was passed by the Parliament of Ghana into law and came into force in February 2012 to ensure the safety of persons, livestock and other property from hazards that arise from the presence, distribution and use of electrical energy.

These hazards can arise from poor workmanship in electrical wiring and the use of sub-standard and inappropriate wiring materials. The key objectives of the Regulations are to ensure the safety of life and property; and serve as a guide to persons who engage in internal electrical wiring and installation works.

Since the inception of the implementation of the Regulations, a total of about 11,500 wiring professionals have been certified.

At the launch of the Syllabus and Guidelines to the Electrical Wiring Regulations on Wednesday, October 6, 2021, the USAID-WAEP-sponsored Electrical Wiring Certification Scholarship Scheme was also inaugurated by the Commission.

The Deputy Sector Minister, William Owuraku Aidoo, who spearheaded the event, underscored some of the major successes chalked within the energy industry since the enforcement the Electrical Wiring Regulations, 2011 (L.I. 2008) in the electricity sub sector.

“Amongst these are the increased professionalism in the practice of electrical wiring by electricians, the increased use of Ghana Standards Authority approved electrical cables and accessories, the decrease in the spate of fires associated with bad wiring are but a few achievements the Electrical Wiring Programme has chalked so far.”

He furthered that, “since the commencement of the implementation of the Regulations, the Energy Commission has conducted two certification examinations annually resulting in 11,513 electricians having been certified and registered with the Energy Commission.”

The Deputy Energy Minister averred additionally that, measures are in place to accentuate the Northern territory which has the least of the certified artisans to increase their numbers.

He urged the citizenry to also take advantage of government’s One District One Factory programme to establish businesses that will manufacture electrical components whilst urging “all Ghanaians to patronise Ghanaian-made electrical wiring materials.”

“Also, Ghanaian businesses are encouraged to take advantage of the 1D1F initiative to establish factories to produce electrical wiring cables and accessories,” he added.

For his part, Executive Secretary of the Energy Commission, Ing. Oscar Amoono-Neizer, expressed gratitude to the sponsors in helping the Commission safeguard the sector with the initiative, expressing optimism for similar collaborations with the private sector to sustain the scheme.

“The Energy Commission is grateful for the assistance from the USAID through the West Africa Energy Programme to initiate the Electrical Wiring Certification Scholarship Scheme.  We hope to partner other like-minded public and private institutions to sustain the Scheme,” he indicated

Source: Ghanasonline.com

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